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Healthcare organizations increasingly embrace technology to help their teams collect and report COVID-19 data. (Photo: Leo Wolfert/Shutterstock) Healthcare organizations increasingly embrace technology to help their teams collect and report COVID-19 data. (Photo: Leo Wolfert/Shutterstock)

The potential for a COVID-19 outbreak to quickly consume a hospital’s resources has put data tracking at the center of response efforts. Ongoing analysis of this information produced alarming results in mid-November, as daily COVID-19 hospitalization counts reached new highs and a widening geographic spread touched remote regions that were largely spared in earlier surges.

Healthcare workers at community hospitals around the country are working tirelessly to meet the challenge, but increasingly widespread outbreaks are straining staffing programs that had enabled hospitals in hard-hit areas to borrow skilled workers from regions experiencing less demand.

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